Stanford To Face No. 24 Texas Christian In First Round Of Waco Regional Friday

June 1, 2005

June 1, 2005


2005 NCAA Division I Regional
Friday-Monday, June 3-6, 2005
Waco, TX (Baylor Ballpark)
Hosted by Baylor

Friday, June 3
Game 2 (2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT) - (3) Stanford (32-23) vs. (2) No. 24 Texas Christian (40-18)
Game 1 (7 pm, CT/5 pm, PT) - (4) Texas-San Antonio (27-32) at (1) No. 8 Baylor (39-21)
*Pitching matchups for opening round games still TBA

Saturday, June 4
Game 3 (2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT) - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser ... Elmination Game
Game 4 (2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT) - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner

Sunday, June 5
Game 5 (2 pm, CT/12 pm, PT) - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser ... Elmination Game
Championship #1, Game 6 (7 pm, CT/5 pm, PT) - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner

Monday, June 6
Championship #2, Game 7, if necessary (6 pm, CT/4 pm, PT) - If Game 5 Winner defeats Game 4 winner in Game 6

LIVE REGIONAL COVERAGE
Regional Website: Waco Regional WebsiteTelevision Broadcast: None
Webcast: TBA
Audio Broadcast: KZSU 90.1 FM/gostanford.com/kzsu.stanford.edu (Sean Bruich)
Gametracker: TBA
A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2005 WACO REGIONAL
The 2005 Waco regional features a pair of nationally ranked teams in No. 8 Baylor and No. 24 Texas Christian as its top two seeds, while Stanford and Texas-San Antonio are seeded third and fourth, respectively • The four teams will play a double elimination event (see schedule above) with the winner advancing to one of eight super regionals to be conducted from Friday, June 10 - Monday, June 13 at eight sites to be announced on Tuesday, June 7 on the ESPN Bottom Line

2005 WACO REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION
Stanford has won eight consecutive season series and seven straight regular season three-game sets against USC and needs to win Sunday's series finale to continue both strings • Stanford has posted a 42-15 record against the Trojans since the season series win streak began in 1997 after the Trojans had swept all six games between the clubs in 1996 • The last time the Trojans won a series against the Cardinal was from April 20-22, 2001, in Los Angeles when USC took two-of-three games • The teams have split the first two games of their current series • The Trojans won the first game on Friday night with a 5-2 victory as Ian Kennedy and Paul Koss combined on a five hitter, while Billy Hart (3-3, 2 2B) led the Trojan offense • Stanford evened the series on Saturday with a 14-3 victory as Chris Minaker and John Hester both drove in four runs, while Jeff Gilmore tossed a complete game• Earlier this season, Stanford won two-of-three when the teams played three non-conference games at Stanford (February 25-27) • Mark Romanczuk pitched a four-hit complete game shutout with a season-high 12 strikeouts in a 6-0 Cardinal win in the first 2005 meeting between the clubs • On Saturday, Jim Rapoport scored the game-winning run when John Mayberry, Jr. beat out a potential inning-ending double play for an RBI fielders choice in a 4-3 Stanford victory • USC avoided being swept with an 8-2 victory in Sunday's series finaleSTANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY
Stanford has won two College World Series titles (1987, '88) and finished as the national runner-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03), while making a total of 15 trips to the CWS • Stanford has won 15 regionals and five super regionals, going a combined 27-6 in regional (17-4) and super regional (10-2) action since the beginning of the super regional format in 1999 • Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 115-56 (.673), going 63-23 (.733) in regional action, 10-2 (.833) in super regional play and 38-27 (.585) in the College World Series • Stanford is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and its 12th in a row • Stanford is playing in an NCAA regional for the 23rd time • Stanford is on the road for a regional for the first time since 1995, ending a string of nine consecutive years (1996-2004) that Stanford has hosted a regional at Sunken Diamond Now in its 112th season, Stanford Baseball has an all-time record of 2455-1521-32 (.617) • Stanford has won 20 conference championships (18 Pac-10) • Stanford has recorded 12 straight winning seasons (including 2005), as well as 40 in the last 41 years and 57 in the past 59 • Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 straight years and 50 or more in four the last six seasonsSTANFORD BASEBALL HISTORY VERSUS 2005 WACO REGIONAL HISTORY FIELD
Stanford has not played any of the other teams (Baylor, Texas Christian, Texas-San Antonio) in the Waco Regional since at least 1959 (Stanford game-by-game results are available from 1959-2005)

STANFORD NOTES
Winners
Stanford has reached the 30-win mark and assured itself of a winning campaign for the 12th straight season in 2005 • Stanford has also had winning campaigns in 40 of the last 41 years and 57 of the past 59 • In addition, Stanford has won 40 or more games in a school record 10 consecutive campaigns but still needs eight more victories this season to extend the string

Stanford Ties For Sixth In Pac-10
Stanford finished tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with a 12-12 conference record • Stanford's tie for sixth-place was the lowest the Cardinal has ever finished in the conference, which became a nine-time league in its most recent reformation prior to the 1999 season • Stanford began play in the Pac-10 in 1918 and has played in the conference that has had several different names in 76 of the 78 seasons yet (Stanford did not field a team in 1944 or '45 due to World War II) • Stanford's previous worst showing came in 1993 when the Cardinal finished sixth out of six teams in the Pac-10 Southern Division • Stanford dropped five of its first eight conference series with the five series losses (Oregon State, at Arizona State, at California, Arizona, at USC) marking the first time since 1993 and since the conference reduced its number of series to eight (from 10) with the Pac-10 North and South Division merger in 1999 that Stanford has lost more than three series in a season • Oregon State won the outright Pac-10 crown with a 19-5 conference record, followed by Arizona (17-7), Arizona State and USC (15-9), California (13-11), Stanford and Washington (12-12), UCLA (4-20) and Washington State (1-23) • Five Pac-10 teams (Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, USC and Stanford) qualified for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship • Despite the tied for sixth-place finish this season, Stanford has still won at least a share of a Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division title in six of the last nine years and has picked up a total of 20 conference titles in school history • The Cardinal has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pac-10 a total of 22 times in the last 25 seasons • Stanford was picked in a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches to win the conference title again in 2005

Home Sweet Home
Stanford finished its 2005 regular season home schedule with a 22-10 record at Sunken Diamond and is 62-16 overall (.795) in its last 78 games on The Farm

Stanford Unranked For First Time Since 1993
Stanford dropped out of the Baseball America rankings for the first time since the final poll of the 1993 season on May 16 (a span of 227 consecutive polls) and was unranked this Monday (May 30) for the third consecutive week • Stanford was also unranked in the final Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Sports Weekly/ESPN regular season polls released on May 30 • Stanford has been ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll at some point during seven of the last eight campaigns prior to this season but has not reached the top in 2005 with No. 6 the highest ranking the Cardinal has attained • Tulane heads into the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship as the nation's top ranked team in all four polls • The Green Wave held onto its top spot in the Collegiate Baseball, Sports Weekly/ESPN and NCBWA polls this week, while overtaking Cal State Fullerton to become the new No. 1 team on Baseball America's list

First Round NCAA Regional Opponent
(Texas Christian) The Horned Frogs are ranked No. 24 in the nation by Baseball America after finishing the regular season with a 40-18 overall record and a 20-10 mark in Conference USA action • TCU was declared a co-champion of the Conference USA Tournament along with Tulane when weather conditions on Sunday (May 29) caused the field to be deemed unplayable • TCU received an at large bid to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships (Tulane earned the Conference USA automatic berth by virtue of being the highest seed remaining when weather caused the cancellation of the league's championship game) • Texas Christian's 40 wins in the regular season set a new school record to help the Horned Frogs qualify for NCAA postseason play for the second consecutive year for the first time in school history and on the fourth occasion overall • TCU boasted a .311 team batting average and outhomered its opponents, 74-27 • The Horned Frogs also posted a 3.89 ERA, while fielding at a .960 clip • Shelby Ford leads TCU with a .377 batting average and 12 stolen bases, while Chad Huffman's 12 homers and 51 RBI are the team's top power numbers • On the mound, Lance Broadway shares the national lead in victories with a 14-1 record and ranks 11th in ERA with a 1.67 mark, striking out 144 batters in 108.0 innings

Last Series vs. USC

(May 27 - at USC 5, Stanford 2) USC won the series-opener over Stanford by a score of 5-2 as Ian Kennedy and Paul Koss combined on a five-hitter. Kennedy earned the win by holding the Cardinal to two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over the first 8.0 innings. Koss pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. Billy Hart (3-3, 2 2B) led the Trojans offensively.

(May 28 - Stanford 14, at USC 3) Stanford showed a strong all-around effort in a 14-3 win over USC to even a three-game series with the Trojans. Chris Minaker (3-6, 2 2B, 4 RBI) and John Hester (2-3, 2B, 4 RBI) each drove in four runs to lead the Cardinal offense, while Jeff Gilmore pitched a complete game. Adam Sorgi (3-5, 2B, RBI) and Ben Summerhays (3-5, RBI) added three hits each for the Cardinal.

(May 29 - at USC 4, Stanford 2) Pinch-hitter Dale Legaspi bases loaded suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning scored pinch-runner Spencer Pabst with the game-winning run as USC pulled out a 4-2 victory over Stanford • Stanford got the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the ninth but Jed Lowrie popped out to end the game • The Cardinal had tied the contest at 2-2 in the top of the seventh on Ryan Seawell's solo homer • Cyle Hankerd (3-4) was the only USC player with more than one hit, while Chris Lewis (2-4) and Michael Taylor (2-4) both had a pair of hits for the Cardinal

Pitching Staff Going For Another Under 4.00 ERA Season
Stanford's pitching staff has a current team ERA of 3.83 as the club is attempting to record an ERA under 4.00 for the fourth time in the last six seasons • Stanford's efforts have been highlighted by a 10-game stretch from May 2-17 when the Cardinal allowed just 19 earned runs in 94.1 innings for a 1.81 ERA during the run • The 10-game stretch included a string of 37.0 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run from April 26 - May 7, a streak that started with the final inning of a game versus Santa Clara on April 26 and lasted through the ninth inning of Stanford's game at California on May 7 • Stanford had three of its five shutouts this season during the span, posting back-to-back blankings at UC Davis (May 2) and Nevada (May 3) before shutting out Saint Mary's (May 10) • The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time Stanford had accomplished the feat holding San Jose State and UCLA scoreless in two straight games on April 23 and 26, 1996

June's Tune
Stanford has played solidly during college baseball's playoff month of June • During its current run of 12 straight postseason appearances (including 2005), Stanford has posted a 32-17 (.653) record during June

Head Coach MarkMarquess 15th On All-Time Win List
Head coach Mark Marquess, in his 29th season at the helm of the Stanford program, is now in 15th place on the all-time win list with career record of 1222-588-5 (.675) • On March 5, 2005, he became just the 16th NCAA Division I head coach to reach the 1200-career win mark when Stanford defeated California by a score of 10-3 at Sunken Diamond • He is also currently ranked eighth among active Division I coaches in wins with all of them coming at Stanford

JeffGilmore
Jeff Gilmore has turned into the team's top starter this season, leading the squad (#3T Pac-10) in wins with a 10-2 record, innings pitched (111.1, #1 Pac-10) and complete games (3), while co-leading the squad in starts (16, #4T Pac-10) • Also has posted a 3.56 ERA (#9 Pac-10) and a .253 opponents' batting average (#10 Pac-10) that are both the lowest among Stanford pitchers that have pitched at least one inning per team game played • Second on the club in strikeouts (76) • Was the team's No. 1 starter for four consecutive starts from April 22 - May 20, before returning to the No. 2 starter role in the team's final series of the season at USC (May 28) • Earned his first career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week selection on May 10 after going 2-0 without giving up an earned run in 10.0 innings for the week of May 2-9 • Ranks tied for seventh on Stanford's all-time won-loss percentage list (.833) with a 20-4 career record • Posted a 5-1 record in Pac-10 action

JedLowrie
Has earned First Team All-American honors by Sports Weekly to mark the second straight season in which he has accomplished the feat • Has put up solid offensive numbers this season, leading the team in homers (12, #6 Pac-10), RBI (62, #3T Pac-10, #29T NCAA), batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.594, #7 Pac-10), total bases (123, #10T), sacrifice flies (10, #1 Pac-10), walks (39, #4 Pac-10) and multiple-RBI games (18) • Defensively, he ranks second on the team in both assists (161, #5 Pac-10) and fielding double plays (43, #6 Pac-10) while fielding at a .978 clip with just six errors in 273 defensive chances • Drove in 24 runs in 24 Pac-10 games

JohnMayberry, Jr.
Paces the team in multiple-hit games (22), while ranking second in RBI (48, #8T Pac-10), doubles (17, #7T Pac-10) and multiple-RBI contests (13), as well as tied for second in homers (6), third in slugging percentage (.461), and fourth in hits (66), on-base percentage (.396) and walks (28) • Defensively, he leads the team in putouts (496, #2 Pac-10) and fielding double plays (48, #3 Pac-10), while making just two errors in 528 defensive chances (#4 Pac-10) for a .996 fielding percentage (#7 Pac-10)

ChrisMinaker
Currently on a career-high 13-game hit streak (May 7-29) with an amazing 10 doubles during the streak, including at least one in each of his last four contests (May 22-29) • Leads the team in doubles (23, #2 Pac-10) with a total that ranks him tied for fifth on Stanford's all-time single-season list • Also paces the club in at bats (233, #7 Pac-10) and assists (164, #4 Pac-10), while ranking second in runs scored (50) and stolen bases (8) as well as third in fielding double plays (38, #10 Pac-10)

JimRapoport
Leads the team in stolen bases (14, #8T Pac-10) and sacrifice bunts (6, #9T Pac-10), while ranking second in walks (32, #10 Pac-10), as well as third in batting average (.312) and on-base percentage (.409) • Walked a career-high and team-season-high five times that was one shy of the NCAA single-game record at UC Davis (May 2) • Raised his average 168 points from .224 to a season-high .392 during a stretch in which he hit safely in 19 of 20 games from February 27 - April 17, including a career-high and team season-high 13-game hit streak from March 26 - April 17 (.521, 25-48)

MarkRomanczuk
Paces the club in strikeouts (81, #9 Pac-10) while ranking second in innings pitched (104.0, #7 Pac-10) • Co-leads the team in starts (16, #4T Pac-10) • Has won 28 career games at Stanford (28-11), good for a sixth-place tie on the school's all-time win list with Brian Mignano (1979-82)

AdamSorgi
Paces the club in hits (71), runs (51) and triples (3), while ranking second in batting average (.320) and sacrifice flies (7, #2T Pac-10), as well as third in walks (30) and fifth in RBI (36) • Posted a career-high 11-game hit streak (21-45, .467, 13 RBI) from April 17 - May 9

MattManship
Has a 2-0 record with team-lows in both ERA (0.96) and opponents' batting average (.230) • Charged with only one run in his first 23.1 innings of work • Has also recorded a team-high-tying three saves and has 15 in his career, good for a tie for fourth-place on Stanford's all-time list

Outstanding Defense
Stanford played errorless baseball in 23 of its 55 regular season contests this season and has a .978 fielding percentage that ranks fourth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 • Stanford's current .978 mark is also one percentage point ahead of the school record pace of .977 set by the 2001 club • Stanford has also played outstanding defense in the five seasons prior to 2005 with five of its top seven team fielding percentages recorded during the period

Turning Two (Or Three)
Stanford has already turned 52 double plays (and one triple play) in its first 55 games this season • The Cardinal has three players (John Mayberry, Jr., 48, 3rd-T; Jed Lowrie, 43, 6th; Chris Minaker, 38, 10th) that rank among the Pac-10's Top 10 in individual fielding double plays

Offensive Struggles
Stanford finished the regular season with a team batting average of .288, which is 19 points below the lowest mark the Cardinal has had in any of the previous nine seasons • Stanford's current 6.5 run per game average is down 1.8 runs from last season's final average, when the Cardinal scored 8.3 runs per contest

Comeback Kids
Stanford has come from behind in 13 of its 32 victories this season • The club's biggest comeback win (turning a 6-0 deficit into a 7-6 victory) came against Santa Clara on April 5, while its most dramatic was its when it came from behind 2-0 with three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win over UCLA (May 13) • In its most recent comeback win (a 5-4 victory over Arizona on May 21), Stanford won the game in its final at bat for the third time this season • Stanford has also trailed at one point in victories over Fresno State (January 29, January 30 - Game 2), Kansas (February 12), USC (February 26), California (March 5), Pacific (March 20), Washington State (April 3), Oregon State (April 10) and Washington (April 22, 23)

Soggy Season
Stanford has had eight games postponed due to wet weather conditions this season • The weather has moved back contests versus Fresno State (January 28), Kansas (February 11), California (February 25), Pacific (March 19), San Jose State (March 22), Oregon State (April 8), Washington (April 23, start delayed five hours) and California (May 8) • The Cardinal made up the first four games as part of doubleheaders, while playing the Pacific contest on March 24 and the second California postponement on May 9 • The San Jose State rainout was not replayed

Four In A Row
Stanford has put together three win streaks of four games this season but has yet to win five straight contests • The Cardinal won four in a row from February 6-13, April 1-5 and April 19-24

Tough Time In Close Ones
Stanford has suffered 16 of its 23 losses this season by two runs or less • The Cardinal is 8-10 in one-run games and 2-6 in two-run contests for a record of just 10-16 in an amazing 26 games decided by two runs or fewer

Big Blowouts
On the other hand, Stanford has fared much better in games decided by five runs or more with a 17-4 record in those contests

Day And Night
Stanford has fared much better in day games than night contests this season, going 23-13 in day games and 9-10 at night

Same Starters
Stanford had five players - Jed Lowrie (2B), Chris Lewis (LF/RF), John Mayberry, Jr. (1B), Chris Minaker (SS), Adam Sorgi (3B) -- start all 55 games during the regular season • John Hester (C) and Michael Taylor (RF) have started 54 contests, while Jim Rapoport (CF) has been in the starting lineup on 53 occasions • All of the players except for Lewis (54 LF, 1 RF) have made every one of their starts at the same position • Mayberry and Minaker have played every inning at their respective spots

Record Book Update
Stanford has had several record book updates occur during the 2005 season. Individually, Jeff Gilmore (Won-Loss Percentage, 20-4, .833, #7T), Nolan Gallagher (Strikeouts Per Nine Innings, 9.73, #8), Matt Manship (Saves, 15, #4T) and Mark Romanczuk (Wins - 28, #6T; Innings Pitched - 325.0, #9) have either entered or made moves on the career list • Chris Minaker (Doubles - 23, #5T) is the only player to have entered the team's record book for individual single-season leaders • As a team, Stanford's fielding percentage of .978 is one percentage point above the school record mark of .977 set by the 2001 club

Omaha
Stanford has captured two national titles (1987, 1988) and advanced to the College World Series 15 times, including 13 appearances in the last 23 years and for a school record five consecutive seasons from 1999-2003

Stanford In The Big Leagues
A total of 72 former Stanford players have become Major Leaguers with the most recent three (Brian Dallimore, Mike Gosling, Jeremy Guthrie) making their MLB debuts in 2004 • Six former Stanford players (Eric Bruntlett, Dallimore, Gosling, Jeffrey Hammonds, David McCarty, Mike Mussina) have played Major League Baseball in 2005

Team USA Leader
Stanford has produced more players (24) that have played more seasons (33) for Team USA than any other collegiate program in the nation and has had at least one player on the Americans' roster for 18 consecutive summers

Bay Area Boys
Stanford has an unusually high number of local products on its 2005 team this season with eight players from the Bay Area donning a Cardinal uniform (Erik Davis, Mountain View/Mountain View HS • Darren Gemoll, San Jose/Leland HS • Zach Gianos, Menlo Park/Menlo-Atherton HS • Cameron Matthews, Mountain View/Los Altos HS • Rex Petrill, Los Altos/St. Francis HS • Greg Reynolds, Pacifica/Terra Nova HS • Ryan Seawell, Menlo Park/Menlo School • David Stringer, Palo Alto/Palo Alto HS)

Texas Ties
With the Waco regional starting on Friday and all three possible Cardinal opponents at the event from the state of Texas, a scan of the Stanford roster reveals four players with hometown ties to Texas (Jeff Boes, Dallas, TX/Jesuit College Prep • Brian Juhl, Katy, TX/Katy HS • Matt Leva, Galveston, TX/Ball HS • Matt Manship, San Antonio, TX/Ronald Reagan HS)

2004 NCAA Championship Review (Regional)
Stanford made the NCAA Championship for the 11th straight year and won its opening round postseason contest for a sixth straight season, while extending its school-record home postseason winning streak to 12 games in a row. The Cardinal had plenty of reason to believe that this victory would serve the same purpose as the previous five opening round wins had - as a first step on the road to Omaha.

(June 4 - at Stanford 10, UNLV 4) The opening round victim was UNLV as the Cardinal prevailed, 10-4, with a dominating performance. Danny Putnam picked up where he left off in the 2003 postseason with a huge game, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a postseason career-high-tying five RBI, while Donny Lucy added a homer and three RBI. For the second consecutive year, the Cardinal decided not to throw its ace in the Regional opener and once again it paid off as No. 2 starter Jeff Gilmore came through with his second complete game of the year, scattering four runs (three earned) and seven hits with a career-high-tying eight strikeouts.

(June 5 - Long Beach State 7, at Stanford 4) Unfortunately, all the opening round victory gave the Cardinal was a second round Regional date with dangerous Long Beach State and the top pitcher in the country in 49er ace Jered Weaver. Long Beach State had been ranked among the nation's Top 10 for most of the season, and had been expected to be a No. 1 seed at one of the NCAA's 16 Regionals before a seven-game losing skid to end the regular season dropped the 49ers to a second seed, putting them at Stanford in the postseason for a third straight year. The stage was set for a classic with Weaver matched up against Stanford ace Mark Romanczuk in a game nationally televised by College Sports Television. Stanford had ended Long Beach State's previous two seasons on The Farm but it was evident from the beginning of the game that the third time would be the charm for the 49ers. Long Beach State scored a run in the top of the first inning and added another in the third to take an early 2-0 lead. Stanford answered with a run off Weaver in the bottom of the third when NCAA All-Regional selection and 2004 First Team All-American Jed Lowrie came through with a clutch two-out single to score Jonny Ash, cutting the margin to 2-1. But, the enthusiasm was quickly dampened when the 49ers came back with three runs in their half of the fourth. Stanford managed an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth before Weaver showed why he was considered the best pitcher in college baseball by most, retiring 13 straight Stanford hitters before being removed after eight complete innings of work. In the meantime, Long Beach State extended its lead to 7-2 with two runs in the seventh, including the second home run of the game by Regional MVP Troy Tulowitzki. The Cardinal did pick up a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out, two-RBI single from Ash, but it was too little, too late.

(June 5 - at Stanford 7, St. John's 2) Still, the Cardinal was hoping for the same result as in 2001 when Stanford dropped a second-round Regional game to Texas only to come back and win three in a row to advance, including a dramatic doubleheader sweep of the Longhorns on the final day of the Regional. With the format of the Regional dictating Stanford play an elimination game immediately following its loss to Long Beach State, the Cardinal didn't have much time to think about what had just happened. Stanford responded with a solid 7-2 win over St. John's to earn another shot at the 49ers. Freshman pitcher Matt Leva came through with a complete game in his first career postseason appearance, giving up just two runs and seven hits while striking out five. John Mayberry, Jr., Chris Minaker and Lowrie all homered for the Cardinal with Mayberry's a tape-measure shot in the fifth.

(June 6 - Long Beach State 8, at Stanford 4) Stanford came back to the ballpark needing a doubleheader sweep of Long Beach State to continue its road to a sixth straight appearance in Omaha, but it was apparent from early on that the Cardinal season would be ending earlier than usual. Stanford decided to give relief ace David O'Hagan his first career start in the critical game and Tulowitzki promptly greeted him with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, the first of three 49er homers off O'Hagan. Stanford came back with a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by NCAA All-Regional selection Chris Carter, but Long Beach State hit a pair of two-run homers in the third to end O'Hagan's day and surge ahead, 6-1. The 49ers extended their lead to 8-1 with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Stanford came back with single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth, including solo homers by Carter and Mayberry, but it was not nearly enough to save Stanford's season from ending as the Cardinal had its string of eight straight Regional or Super Regional elimination game victories snapped

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